Siem de Jong gave some rare positive news earlier today.
The Dutch midfielder used his Twitter account to announce that he will start training again on Thursday after his latest x-ray gave him the go-ahead.
Siem de Jong:
“The last X-ray was all good! So tomorrow I will start training for myself again. #NUFC #comebackstronger.”
Signing for Newcastle last summer, the midfielder was only just returning from four months out with thigh injury, when a collapsed lung ruled him out.
De Jong going ahead with an operation that should mean the chances of it happening a third time being no more likely than anybody else, the problem originally occurring at Ajax a year before he arrived at Newcastle.
I take it his tweet obviously means he is only at the very beginning of his comeback and so will be training alone and taking it easy stasting tomorrow.
With only two months of the season left to go, it would appear foolish in the extreme to push for de Jong to play again unless he is 100% ready.
Having played only 99 minutes of Premier League football this season, the only priority is that he is available from day one of next season.
Already next season is looking daunting unless Mike Ashley changes his whole strategy, so with so few options for goals and creativity otherwise, Siem de Jong is somebody we can definitely not do without.